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Real Estate CEO: Barclays-area landlords too quick to chase out mom-and-pops

While Barclays Center is a positive development for Brooklyn, many building owners in the area are too quick to price their small-business tenants out, hoping for a big payday.

So says Anthony Lolli, CEO of Rapid Realty, a large franchise-based real estate rental brokerage in New York with more than 60 offices. Lolli, who grew up in Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope, is also a special correspondent on Fox Business News and has appeared on The Today Show.


Brooklyn’s oldest community chorus holds auditions

Do you sing in the shower? Do you miss those karaoke nights? The Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus, the borough’s oldest community chorus, is looking for new singers. 


Unable to supervise wayward child, city agency requests child be transferred to state facility

A request by a New York City agency that an at-risk teen, who has repeatedly run away from Brooklyn group homes, be transferred to a more secured facility has been granted.


Council candidate threatens lawsuit over Greenpoint high-rises

How high is too high? When it comes to residential construction in Brooklyn, the answer depends on where the apartment house in being built.

Plans by developers to construct two 40-story luxury condo buildings on the waterfront in Greenpoint have come under fire from residents and civic activists in that community, who charged that the new high-rise structures, to be called Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial Street, will bring too many new residents to an already crowded neighborhood and strain the infrastructure and transportation system.


Brooklyn Arts Council presents fall programs for 1-Year anniversary of Sandy

Commemorating the 1st anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) will present two public programs this fall: For & About: Art & Reactions to Superstorm Sandy and Scene: Brooklyn: Independent Film & Media Arts.


Nelson Mandela to be honored at the 2013 Toast of Brooklyn Wine and Food Festival

Nelson Mandela will honored at the “2013 Toast of Brooklyn -- Wine and Food Festival” VIP Reception that will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 and at the festival itself on Saturday, Sept. 14. 

The festival will be held outdoors at Bed-Stuy Restoration’s West Plaza Courtyard 1368 Fulton St. It will be presented by the Bedford-Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District (The BID) and The Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC).


Catsimatidis likes his outsider status

John Catsimatidis said he’s not at all concerned over the fact that The New York Times, Daily News, and Post have all snubbed him by endorsing his opponent, Joe Lhota, for the Republican mayoral primary on Sept. 10.

“The Times endorsed Mark Green over Mayor Bloomberg,” he said, referring to the mayor’s race in 2001, when the public advocate was widely believed to have a big advantage over first-time candidate Bloomberg until Bloomberg won the race.

Catsimatidis is hoping the experts have it wrong again this year.


Lubavitch-linked group helps Jewish prisoners during holidays

This is one of the holiest times of the year in the Jewish calendar, with both Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, not to mention the Sukkot holiday afterward.


‘Two of a Kind’: A story of second chances

Second chances can be sensitive endeavors, particularly in the realm of romance. And when both of those involved in the budding relationship are widowers, circumstances might be especially delicate.  “Two of a Kind,” (A New American Library Trade Paperback Original), acclaimed Brooklyn author Yona Zeldis McDonough’s latest novel, deftly explores the complications that surface when two widowers decide to merge their families.



Brooklyn Book Festival 'Bookend' event features acclaimed writers on John O’Hara

The upcoming Brooklyn Book Festival, to take place Sunday, Sept. 22, will commence with a week of “Bookend” events. The lit festivities begin Monday, Sept. 16, and that evening DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena and Penguin Classics will present bestselling mystery writer Lawrence Block, The Paris Review editor Lorin Stein, and The New York Times writer-at-large Chip McGrath. They’ll discuss John O’Hara, who’s had more stories published in The New Yorker than anyone in the history of the magazine.



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